The Love Israel Family: Urban Commune, Rural Commune

The Love Israel Family: Urban Commune, Rural Commune

by Charles Pierce LeWarne

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780295988856
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 07/08/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Charles P. LeWarne is the author of Utopias on Puget Sound, 1885-1915 and Washington State, a text used in many regional school districts. He is coauthor of Washington: A Centennial History.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Author's Note

THE BEGINNINGS1 The Communal Thread in the United States2 Paul Erdmann Becomes Love Israel

THE URBANE COMMUNE3 Living Together 4 The Spiritual Focus 5 A Community in the Greater Community 6 Foes and Friends in the World Beyond7 Stretching Outward

THE BREAKUP8 Flies in the Ointment 9 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do 10 Picking Up the Pieces

THE RURAL COMMUNE11 Entrepreneurial Ventures 12 The People and Their Lives 13 Unraveling toward Bankruptcy Epilogue Afterword by Serious Israel

AppendixesNotesReferences CitedIndex of NamesGeneral Index

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dr_zirk on LibraryThing 11 months ago
The Love Israel Family is an excellent work of Seattle local history, focusing on a sixties-era Christian commune that has (more-or-less) survived into the twenty-first century. Charles LeWarne manages to keep even the drier parts of the story interesting as he traces the cultural and economic transformation of this "intentional community" from a naive group of urban hippies to a rural collective, and even beyond into the suburbs of Seattle where the group leaders now make their home. What is most interesting about this story is the role of debt financing in the fortunes of The Love Israel Family - the various crises that occur over the lifetime of the group are (in LeWarne's telling) more a result of poor management of debts than anything else. This angle makes the book something more than expected, as the author skillfully explores the murky intersection of the Family's spiritual goals with the economic reality of surviving in a society powered by hard assets. Given that the book has been published in the middle of a recession, The Love Israel Family is as much a reflection on contemporary capitalism as it is a work of modern history, and the book is all the better for that extra layer of interest.